Michael Levine

UPDATE: Land Links for Friday, May 7

A round-up of worthwhile reading on land use and environmental issues for Friday, May 7.

UPDATE: Maui Pineapple Co. Dragged Into Human Trafficking Story

One of Hawaii's oldest and most successful agricultural companies is implicated in a new report detailing immoral and potentially illegal labor practices involving a company that provides migrant Thai workers.

UPDATE: State Has Shifted More Than 80,000 Acres to Urban Uses Since 1964

Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Hawaii Land Use Commission has provided documents that show how land originally placed in the agricultural and conservation districts has been urbanized in the last half-century.

UPDATE: Lessons for Hawaii in the Gulf Coast Oil Spill?

In the two weeks since a drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, millions of gallons of oil have bubbled to the surface. How would Hawaii be affected if something similar happened in nearshore waters?
Tough Times, Tough Compromises for Clean Energy Advocates

Tough Times, Tough Compromises for Clean Energy Advocates

Alternative energy may be a hot topic, but efforts to create new programs didn't garner support unless they helped make up the state's $1.2 billion deficit.
Hawaii Takes Ad Hoc Approach to Preserving Farmland

Hawaii Takes Ad Hoc Approach to Preserving Farmland

A proposed community in Central Oahu is the latest example of Hawaii's case-by-case approach to development in agricultural areas that has conservationists worried about our future prospects for food and fuel self-sufficiency.
Implications of Turtle Bay ruling are both narrow and wide Civil Beat

Implications of Turtle Bay ruling are both narrow and wide

A recent Hawaii Supreme Court decision requiring the owner of the North Shore resort to restudy the impacts of its expansion plans was a victory for conservationists.
Impacts of Turtle Bay ruling clear for resort, unclear for Hawaii Civil Beat

Impacts of Turtle Bay ruling clear for resort, unclear for Hawaii

The implications of the Hawaii Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of the Oahu resort, outlined in today’s article,…